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Choosing the Right Law School / Finding Schools
« on: August 12, 2006, 04:54:48 AM »
Hi there,

Choosing to take the LSAT and go to law school was a relatively recent decision for me, but I am very enthused about it.  However, I feel like I may be out of the loop concerning what schools I should ideally be looking at.  This is compounded by the lack of resources my campus has in relations to law programs.  In other words, I don't know where to look to figure out where I should apply.

Right now I've scored a 168 and 170 respectively on two practice tests I took this week.  My UG gpa is 3.6 overall with a 3.8 major gpa.  I definitely plan to have those scores raised by 2 points by the September test date at the least, and I'm fairly confident that I can do it (or better).

Considering all this, I'm open to advice from you guys and gals on where I should go, or, if you have the resources handy, I'll readily take links to other places that can fill in the gaps in my knowledge about law schools.

Prior to this post, I'd always thought about going to BUSL or University of Chicago.  Really though, that's only because I know those two schools personally through friends and travel.  I've checked out those schools at the least, and they seem realistic choices for application.  But where else?

I'm also afraid that I might be limited by the fact that I attended a large state school instead of a "name" UG program.

If you guys have any input, please feel free to share!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Running Out of Tests
« on: August 12, 2006, 02:08:30 AM »
you in detroit?

Negative, currently in NYC actually.  "Enjoying" the last days of summer vacation with Prep Test 29.

I'll be returning to Arkansas soon, which is where I make permanent residence.

Why do you ask?

Studying for the LSAT / Running Out of Tests
« on: August 12, 2006, 12:24:47 AM »
So, what do you do when you run out of practice tests to take?  Just take the oldest ones over again?  I'm afraid I'll remember the answers, and besides I write in my booklets.

Perhaps it would be still productive to take tests pre-2000?

Law School Admissions / LS Notification?
« on: August 11, 2006, 11:29:24 PM »
Hi all, I was just wondering if it is wasteful to notify a law school before the application process that you are interested in attending their school?

Even something simple, such as requesting a brochure or something similar.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How did you pick your interest?
« on: May 03, 2006, 02:20:22 AM »
Ah, sorry for not specifying.  This is for a barebones PS that I'm kicking around, although comments on where to apply are welcome as well.  Honestly, since I'm starting this process fairly early (I won't apply until after October) where I'm applying isn't solid yet either.

Thanks for the replies so far.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How did you pick your interest?
« on: May 02, 2006, 02:01:17 PM »
 ;D Thanks towlie

Anyone else have any input?  Or did everyone but me and towlie pop out of the womb with a focus already in mind?  ::)

Hehe, is there something more... uh... "appropriate" to call a runner when seeking that job?

What's the proper way to "float" your resume around, anyway?

Call'em first to see if they have an interest and then send?

Choosing the Right Law School / How did you pick your interest?
« on: May 01, 2006, 02:22:39 PM »
See the title.  If you had multiple possible interests in the legal field prior to applying, how did you narrow down which interests you would realistically pursue?

Right now, I'm at a crossroads in my decision making process.  Central to my indecision is the fact that I really am interested in law, which may sound strange but allow me to elaborate.  You see, I feel like I'm actually interested in several possible specializations having to do with the legal world.  My UG education has been spent about half on international business law and half on legal policies affecting Native Americans in North America (US & Canada), but even then, I find myself attracted to other fields.

How, then, to decide where to apply?  When you have interests in multiple fields, often not having to do anything with each other, how do you decide which to pursue?

Honestly, I'll probably go with corporate law so I can work with MNCs or something similar.  That's where my academic interest has usually been.  Comparing corporations to Hobbesian models and all that jazz :D

Darn but if it wouldn't be easier if I liked to teach!

Hey guys, sorry for not getting checking back sooner.

To Coffee and smiley --

Thanks for the encouragement, and it's certainly always uplifting to see that there are people out there with similar backgrounds.  It's rare enough around here, anyway ;)

I'm not precisely sure where I'll be applying, but I plan to do so this coming Fall.  Really, I'm still formulating what kind of law I want to work with after LS.  Naturally, that's going to greatly affect my choices, but I figure I have at least a little time before then.  I'll start seriously researching and selecting programs after Finals this week (and if anyone knows of any resources helpful to such searches, I'd be obliged).

Right now, I've been eyeing BUSL for sure.  Admittedly, that's mostly because I really like Boston ;)

Hehe, and I'll take all the soft-factors I can get.  I just don't want to be somehow sidelined because of over-representation, which may seem paranoid but I just can't help it!

I'd be more than happy to talk to either of you about all of this outside of the boards.  I've spent a large part of my UG studies focusing on issues of race, cultural identity, and such.  I'm also starting my Senior Honors thesis next semester probably dealing with these same issues, perhaps through fiction or self-reflection.  Feel free to e-mail me at

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